The Courteeners make history after album hit number one – 15 YEARS after its original release

Manchester-based rock trio The Courteeners make history after the album hit number one – 15 YEARS after its original release

The Courteeners made history this week after their album reached number one on the official UK chart almost 15 years after its original release.

The debut of Manchester-based rock trio St Jude, formed in 2008, secured a lot of attention after the release of the 15th anniversary edition.

The reissue includes remastered tracks and previously unreleased material.

Number one: The Courteeners made history this week after their album reached number one on the official UK chart almost 15 years after its original release (pictured, Liam Fray)

Number one: The Courteeners made history this week after their album reached number one on the official UK chart almost 15 years after its original release (pictured, Liam Fray)

Now St. Jude is the album with the longest time between release and reaching number one – 14 years, nine months and 14 days after its original release, according to the Official UK Charts.

The band also became the third in the history of the UK Official Charts to reach number one with a reissued album, alongside The Rolling Stones with Goats Head Soup and Exile On Main St; and The Beatles with Abbey Road and Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

The band was formed in Middleton in 2006 by frontman Liam Fray (lead guitar/vocals), Michael Campbell (drums/backing vocals), Daniel “Conan” Moores (rhythm guitar) and Mark Cuppello (bass).

Mark was replaced by the band’s producer Joe Cross in 2015.

Exciting! Manchester-formed rock trio St Jude made their debut following the release of the 15th issue (Liam and Mark Cuppello pictured in 2007)

Exciting! Manchester-formed rock trio St Jude made their debut following the release of the 15th issue (Liam and Mark Cuppello pictured in 2007)

They also previously toured with pianist Adam Payne, who has featured on every album but was replaced by Elina Lin in 2019.

The band has released six studio albums: St. Jude (2008), Falcon (2010), Anna (2013), Concrete Love (2014), Mapping the Rendezvous (2016) and More. Again. Forever. (2020).

Speaking to the Official UK Charts, Liam said: “Good things come to those who wait. God bless the fans.’

Long wait: Liam Fray, Michael Campbell, Daniel Conan Moores and Mark Cuppello pose together in 2008

Long wait: Liam Fray, Michael Campbell, Daniel Conan Moores and Mark Cuppello pose together in 2008

Big names: The band were also the third in the history of the official UK charts, alongside the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, to reach number one with a reissued album

Big names: The band were also the third in the history of the official UK charts, alongside the Rolling Stones and The Beatles, to reach number one with a reissued album

Containing three official Top 40 singles (Not Nineteen Forever, No You Didn’t, No You Don’t and What Took You So Long?), St. Jude peaked at #4 when it was first released in 2008.

Elsewhere, pop superstar Miley Cyrus grabbed her third UK number one single with Flowers.

The lead track from her forthcoming eighth studio album Endless Summer Vacation has been the biggest first week in the UK overall since Harry Styles’ ‘As It Was’ hit the top spot in May last year.

The 30-year-old previously topped the UK singles chart with “We Can’t Stop” in 2013 and “Wrecking Ball” in the same year.

Speaking to the Official UK Charts, Liam said:

Speaking to the Official UK Charts, Liam said: “Good things come to those who wait. God bless the fans.’ (Liam and Daniel pictured in 2022)

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Greg Norman

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